Malahat Skywalk & Duncan Farmers Market

When: Saturday, Dec 9, 2023, 9:00AM - 5:00PM PST
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Malahat SkyWalk & Duncan Farmers Market

Trip Information

Visit Vancouver Island's Newest Attraction. Malahat SkyWalk is an accessible 600 m TreeWalk through a beautiful arbutus forest leading to a spectacular gentle spiral ramp that takes you up 32m to a sightseeing lookout offering views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker and the distant Coast Mountains. Afterwards, join Cultural Connections as we head over to Ladysmith's downtown core for some free time to eat, shop and explore! 



Ascend the spiral ramp to peak adventure. At 250 m above sea level, the tower provides sweeping views of Mt. Baker, Finlayson Arm, the Saanich Peninsula, and islands in two countries. Explore the West Coast from a whole new perspective and then choose your descent with a return walk down the ramp or take the fast route on our Spiral Slide. 


The arbutus, or Pacific madrone, appears wonderfully exotic with its smooth chartreuse wood covered by reddish, papery bark. It grows on rocky coastlines and, in spring, bears white flowers that smell like honey. In autumn, red berries help feed many of the local birds and wildlife.


Coming down from the tower on the 20 metre spiral slide might be the only thing as awesome as the view from the top. 


With the ground far below you and breathtaking scenery all around, walk out onto the sturdy 84 ㎡ Adventure Net for an experience unlike any other. Suspended above the centre of the tower, you’ll have uninterrupted views of the lush arbutus forest and the spiralling structure beneath your feet. 

Duncan Farmers Market

One of the largest markets of its kind in BC, it is full with local vendors selling their best goods. Arts and crafts, fruit and veg, baking, organic produce,... there is something to find for everyone. Located in the historic downtown of Duncan, it is in the centre of all the cute and eclectic shops and just steps away from the largest collection of outdoor totem poles.

What to Wear:

  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and for walking

What to Bring:

  • Umbrella or rain coat (in case it rains)
  • Water bottle 
  • Money if you wish to shop
  • Snacks & lunch (or money for food)
  • A backpack to carry all your items
  • Camera

Meeting Location: 

VIU Building 255, Main Lobby (second floor) at 9:15 am

Trip Includes:

Round-trip Transportation, Malahat SkyWalk admission & free time to explore Downtown Ladysmith.

Policies, Health & Safety

We have an ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and quality of our trips, with trained and responsible student leaders, staff and community partners. Before you sign-up, please check out our policies & procedures for more information about how to prepare for a trip, as well as our cancellation policy.

How to Sign Up

Our activities are available to all current VIU Students. Sign up with us in person, next to the Front Reception Desk in the "Glassroom" on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm – 1:30pm in Building 255 - Second Floor.

You will need to have your:

  1. Student card,
  2. Proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Insurance Policy)
  3. Payment (cash is currently the only method of payment for activities)

Waiver Form

Please read our general waiver form for VIU group activities in the attachment section below. All participants are required to read and sign the waiver before the start of the trip. We will provide a paper copy for you to read through again and sign the morning of the trip.


Robin Lemmens, Activity Program Coordinator
phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2228